Walk into the office of the Delhi University dean of students’ welfare, and you will probably run into a knot of people looking for a second chance.
Each day, around 50 aspirants and their family members line up before the office. The aspirants are the ones who have forgotten to mark their choices of courses and colleges in the computer-readable application forms.
“We are getting a large number of applicants each day who want changes in their choices of colleges and courses. We have been asking aspirants to apply to colleges for the courses of their choice since the first Open Day. How many times do we have to repeat ourselves? Making any changes in the forms now would amount to using unfair means,” JM Khurana, the DSW, said.
According to officials, many of these aspirants had thought that they would get admissions in particular colleges but the high cut-offs stumped them. They are now looking at other colleges as a way to ensure that they don’t sit idle for a year.
The number of such enquiries is so high that the DSW has put up a notice outside his office clarifying that such requests will not be entertained.
“It is unfair to those applicants who have filled all the forms and followed the rules. The university system is a competitive one, and if there are rules, they have to be followed... there is nothing we can do to help them,” Khurana maintained.
These aspirants are not the only ones who have missed out. There are others who bought and submitted forms at unauthorised centres, including stationery stores, and are now disappointed that their applications have not reached the varsity.
Some had mailed their forms that reached after the last date of applications. They too will not be considered.